Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain

When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland’s Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer’s first victim, and Archie’s first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's—she’s in prison—but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case. Trouble is, Archie can't focus on the new investigation because the Beauty Killer case has exploded: Gretchen Lowell has escaped from prison.

Archie hadn't seen her in two months; he'd moved back in with his family and sworn off visiting her. Though it should feel like progress, he actually feels worse. The news of her escape spreads like wildfire, but secretly, he's relieved. He knows he's the only one who can catch her, and in fact, he has a plan to get out from under her thumb once and for all.

Can I just say wow, I didn't think Cain could pull off a story as twisted as her first, but she sure does!!!! Sweetheart basically picks up where Cain's first novel Heartsick left off and the story continues in a twisted and sadistic ride. It picks up the two major stories of the first novel, of course the Gretchen/Archie story as well as the Senator/Molly story. The plot thickens and draws you into the twisted stories. This book had me turning the pages with anxiousness to see just what would happen next. Great character development for all that we met in Heartsick. Great, great book!!!!! 5/5


lorisreadingcorner said...

I knew you'd love it ;)

You've been nominated for an award :)